U.S. bishops announce new abuse-prevention measures, call for McCarrick investigation

The U.S. bishops’ conference has announced new accountability measures in response to recent clerical sex-abuse scandals. The reforms include the establishment of an independent reporting mechanism to receive complaints against bishops, and the development of a Code of Conduct for bishops. A … [Read More...]

In homily, San Jose pastor opens up about being abused by another priest

To be a voice for victims of clerical sexual abuse, Father Brendan McGuire realized he had to come to terms with the abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest when he was 18. It was a secret he had held for 35 years. He told the story of his abuse in a homily delivered at five weekend Masses Sept. … [Read More...]

“Basically, the synod fathers will say whatever the pope says they said”

The Apostolic Constitution, Episcopalis communio, which Pope Francis issued Tuesday morning, introduces significant reforms to the consultative body known as the Synod of Bishops. The General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, in his prepared remarks to reporters … [Read More...]

San Diego: protesters to demand reforms from Bishop McElroy

San Diego Catholics plan to hold a peaceful, prayerful protest Friday, Sept. 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Diocese pastoral center, 3888 Paducah Drive, to pray for Bishop Robert McElroy and demand reforms. The protest is being organized in the wake of the resignation of … [Read More...]

San Bernardino Diocese will release name of every priest accused of sexual abuse

The San Bernardino Catholic Diocese plans to release the names of every priest who has been credibly accused of sexually abusing children over 40 years. Diocese spokesman John Andrews said Tuesday that the list will be published on the diocese's website within two weeks. The disclosure will be … [Read More...]

Reports: Vatican delegation to travel to China to finalize agreement later this month

A newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party reported Tuesday that a delegation of Vatican officials will head to China “in late September” for a final round of talks before an agreement on the appointment of bishops is signed. Citing unnamed “sources familiar with the matter,” the Global Times, … [Read More...]

Priest faces trial after alleged assault of San Diego seminarian

A California priest has been charged with sexual battery, after he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a San Diego seminarian. The priest, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo, is a member of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a religious community of priests also known as the Eudists. On May 14, Castillo … [Read More...]

Stanford University to remove saint’s name from some properties

California's Stanford University will strip the name of 18th-century Franciscan friar, St. Junipero Serra, from some of its properties but keep a street named after him. Stanford University announced the changes Sept. 13, saying in a statement that the saint, canonized in the U.S. during Pope … [Read More...]

Pope Francis approves new constitution for Synod of Bishops

In a new apostolic constitution, Pope Francis has reformed the Synod of Bishops, creating a mechanism for the assembly’s final document to be included in official Church teaching. Episcopalis Communio, promulgated by the pope on Sept. 15, establishes that the final document of a synod assembly, … [Read More...]

Archbishop McCarrick’s unofficial role in Vatican-China relations

Following reports that the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China could be about to sign an agreement on the appointment of bishops in the country, attention has turned to the role of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in fostering Vatican-China relations over the last two decades. Over 20 years, … [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood announces new president

Dr. Leana Wen, a former Baltimore City Commissioner of Health, is the new president of Planned Parenthood. The abortion provider announced Wen’s appointment on Sept. 12. She replaces Dr. Cecile Richards, who was appointed to the role in 2006. In a three-minute video posted by Planned Parenthood … [Read More...]

Poll: Pope Francis’s popularity plummets among Americans

Only 48 per cent of Americans have a favourable view of Pope Francis, down from two thirds a year and a half ago, according to polling by CNN. The most recent poll was conducted between September 6 and September 9 amid controversy over allegations raised against Pope Francis by his former US … [Read More...]

Pro-life pregnancy centers served 2 million people, saved communities $161M in 2017

Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), released the findings of a robust survey of approximately 2,600 pregnancy centers (affiliated with national networks and/or smaller parent organizations) in the United States to calculate their extraordinary … [Read More...]

Diocese of San Diego adds eight priests to list of sexual predators

The clerical sexual abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church hit home Thursday, as the Diocese of San Diego added eight priests to the list of those believed to have molested children. “This is a response to the terrible moment we are in,” said Bishop Robert McElroy, citing a recent … [Read More...]